"Recovery is not just not using drugs or alcohol," he said."Recovery is sobriety, coupled with a changed way of life to make somebody more personally healthy and a more responsible citizen. Exactly the kind of neighbor you want to have, exactly the kind of guy you want to marry your sister."
Karen Franklin and Lauren King's book about their family's struggle is called "Addicted Like Me: A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recovery."
Ten Important Questions to Ask a Treatment Program
From Drug Strategies, a nonprofit research institute that promotes more effective drug abuse prevention, education and treatment. Visit drugstrategies.com for more information about their questions.
1. How does your program address the needs of adolescents?
2. What kind of assessment does the program conduct of an adolescent's problems?
3. How often does the program review and update the treatment plan in light of the adolescent's progress?
4. How is the family involved in the treatment process?
5. How do you engage adolescents so that they stay in treatment?
6. What are the qualifications of the program staff and what kind of clinical supervision is provided?
7. Does the program offer separate single sex groups as well as male and female counselors for girls and boys?
8. How does the program follow up with the adolescent and provide continuing care after treatment is completed?
9. What evidence do you have that your program is effective?
10. What is the cost of the program?